Friday, January 16, 2009

Saving Lobsters

Lobster Lives to See Another Day

Lobster, apparently, is not what’s for dinner at a New York City restaurant that decided to set the crustacean, named George, free.

Weighing in at a whopping 20 pounds, as reported by the Associated Press, activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) staged a publicity campaign upon George’s behalf to dissuade City Crab and Seafood from boiling him.

Fortunately for George, the restaurant relented and released him into the custody of PETA, who then transported him several hours Saturday to his final destination of Kennebunkport, Maine – less than a mile from the summertime home of former President George H. W. Bush.

Caught off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, the lobster sat inside City Crab and Seafood’s tank for a total of ten days while activists demanded his return to the wild.

The animal rights group believes the gigantic lobster to be about 140 years old, but traditional measurements suggest the lobster is closer to 80 years of age. Link

Animal rights groups have long been upset with eating lobsters, mostly due to how they are cooked. A stunt like this is quite tame for them but still garners the media attention they crave. As usual, they make up their own numbers, as to the age of the lobster, to make their cause draw more attention.

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